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County commissioners to discuss pedestrian safety

County commissioners to discuss pedestrian safety

Pinellas county, FL - County commissioners will meet tomorrow with the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization to discuss a variety of transportation-related agenda items.

In one of the final public meetings of the year, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, at the Pinellas County Planning Department in Clearwater, the Board will address the election of a Vice Chairman, the Florida Transportation Plan 2060, and "Stop for Pedestrian" law and signage.

The most notable agenda item, particularly on the heels of the 9 deaths of bicyclists in nearby Hillsborough county since mid-2010, is the discussion and sharpening of the FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program.

Pinellas shelters open to keep homeless warm

Pinellas shelters open to keep homeless warm

Activation of the Cold Night Shelters in Pinellas County:

The cold night shelters for the homeless will be open on the following date(s):

    Monday Night, December 13, 2010
    Tuesday Night, December 14, 2010

The shelters open at approximately 6 p.m., accept guests all night long, and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m.  Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night, and breakfast the following morning.  

Adult Men and Women
Primary Shelter 

Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church
110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL  33756
Church Phone: 442-3677
Capacity:  75

Back-up Shelter 

St Cecelia Catholic Church
820 Jasmine Way
Clearwater, FL   33756
Church Phone: 447-3494
Capacity: 45

Pinellas Trail marks 20th anniversary

Pinellas Trail marks 20th anniversary

Pinellas County, FL - This week marks the 20th year that Pinellas county residents have been skating, hiking, and biking through the iconic Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail. The first five-mile section opened in 1990, connecting Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole Park in Seminole.

The path continued to expand and unite even more sections of the county, ultimately stretching as far north as Tarpon Springs and down south to the Southeastern coast of Saint Petersburg, linking picturesque parks, coastal areas, and residential neighborhoods along the way.

Empty jail could be new Pinellas homeless shelter

Empty jail could be new Pinellas homeless shelter

Pinellas County, Florida-- It has beds, bathrooms, even board games.

There's everything you need to feel right at home, which is what an empty jail could soon become for up to 500 homeless people.

The building, located near the Pinellas County courthouse, is no longer used due to budget cuts.

After receiving a multimillion dollar renovation a few years ago, it has been empty for around a year.

Community leaders took a tour of the building on Friday, as they hope to transform it into what you might call a short-term rehab center for the homeless.

"They'll come and we can get some services going and get them into more stable housing," explained Sarah Snyder, from the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.

The facility, though, wouldn't just be for the homeless. It would also serve as somewhat of a halfway house for jail inmates before they are released.